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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Feb. 16, 2011

Committee Closes in on QEP Topic

Committee Closes in on QEP Topic

Haven Abdein and Ahay Hayaud-Din are
chairs of the QEP Committee.

After months of gathering ideas and narrowing suggestions, the members of the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee revealed the final possible QEP topics at the Jan. 14 All-College Meeting: reading skills and learning skills.

Committee co-chairs, Haven Abedin, English professor, and Ahad Hayud-Din, government professor, presented the topics and offered examples of projects that other colleges had undertaken as their QEP for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and School. Beverly Neu Menassa, assistant dean, student support services, also offered examples of projects that other colleges had undertaken.

Just days ago, the Brookhaven College was notified of the dates for the COCSACS reaffirmation site visit, Oct. 9-11, 2012. The QEP is one of the largest components of the re-accreditation process, but many other pieces also will require participation from employees throughout the college.

For the QEP, employees have been asked to contribute ideas and proposals relating to the two topics-reading and learning skills-for final consideration.

After the meeting, Haven and Ahad sent an e-mail to the college to re-iterate that a QEP based on reading will focus on improving students’ critical reading skills in college-level courses. The focus will include active reading, comprehension of diverse reading materials and high-level abilities, such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

A QEP based on learning skills will focus on improving students' study skills, such as reading actively, taking notes and related abilities that include setting goals, managing time and taking responsibility for their own learning.

In the coming months, the committee will take the suggestions and build a final plan for the QEP that the college will present to the COCSACS committee.

For more information about SACS compliance, please contact Thomas Anderson, assistant to the vice president of instruction; co-chair, Compliance Committee; SACS Liaison, or Sharon Burton, professor of Business Studies; co-chair, Compliance Committee.